M’s Add More Players To Tacoma Mix

The Mariners added two minor league free agents late on Tuesday afternoon at the Winter Meetings – and one of them is a local player.

Triple-A first baseman Matt Hague has signed with Seattle and is likely to break camp with Tacoma in April. A six-year veteran of Triple-A baseball – all in the International League – Hague hit .297 with ten homers and 67 RBI for Rochester last season. He posted a .379 on-base percentage, with 61 walks and just 75 strikeouts in 502 at-bats.

Hague is a 2004 graduate of Kentwood High School, before playing three years of college baseball at the University of Washington. He transferred to Oklahoma State for his senior year before starting his professional career.

A right-hand swinging first baseman, Hague reached the majors with Pittsburgh in 2012, and returned for brief stints in 2014 and 2015. He played in Japan in 2016.

Another confirmed signing is speedy outfielder John Andreoli, who played for the Iowa Cubs the last three seasons. The 27-year-old has stolen base totals of 33, 43, and 26 in the last three seasons. He’s also got a little pop, having hit 14 homers in 2017 and 12 in 2016. He batted .244 with a .348 OBP in 2017.

Hopefully the Rainiers can get Andreoli and Ian Miller on base at the same time a lot and wreak havoc on the basepaths.

Today the Mariners re-acquired left-handed starter Anthony Misiewicz from Tampa, in exchange for international signing bonus cap money. The M’s traded Misiewicz to Tampa in early August for Ryan Garton and Mike Marjama.

Misiewicz pitched at the Double-A level during the second half last season (12 starts) and is a candidate to play for Tacoma in 2018, so I guess I should learn how to pronounce his name (I have no idea).

We also have an unconfirmed report that the Mariners have minor league deals in place with infielder Rey Navarro and reliever Johendi Jiminian. This source did have the correct information last week on Casey Lawrence re-signing, so let’s give it the benefit of doubt for now.

Navarro is a 28-year-old middle infielder who hit .278 with seven homers and 82 RBI for Salt Lake last year. He’s mostly a singles hitter; he picked up all of those runs batted in by hitting .313 with runners in scoring position last season.

Jiminian is a 25-year-old right-hander who the Rockies signed out of the Dominican Republic back in 2010. He got his first taste of Triple-A ball last year, appearing in 18 games for Albuquerque and posting a 5.04 ERA. He had control problems with the ‘Topes, issuing 22 walks in 30.1 innings. He pitched against Tacoma twice last year so don’t worry about me with his name – I know how to say this one. Him-in-ian.

Just now the M’s have traded more international cap room to Cleveland for reliever Shawn Armstrong.

Armstrong has been an up-and-down reliever for the Indians, bouncing back-and-forth between Triple-A and the majors for the last three years. He’s out of options and will need to make the Mariners major league roster in the spring, or else be exposed to waivers.

He has a 3.59 career ERA in 39 big league relief appearances, so maybe he’ll make the club. If he somehow gets through waivers and ends up in Tacoma, that would be a positive for the Rainiers. He’s put up great numbers in Triple-A.

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